Nowitzki recorded 20 points (8-21 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 105-94 loss to the Spurs. Nowitzki supplied his only double-double of the season in this his final NBA game. While he posted career lows in most statistical categories here in 2018-19, Nowitzki did deliver two throwback performances to finish off his Hall-of-Fame career.
Nowitzki turned in 30 points (11-31 FG, 5-14 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, and one block in 33 minutes during Tuesday's 120-109 win over the Suns. Confirming what was widely expected, Nowitzki announced at the conclusion of the contest that he would retire from the NBA after the season. He went out in style in the final home game of his Hall-of-Fame career, establishing new season highs in points, shot attempts and minutes. The Mavericks have one game left on the schedule Wednesday in San Antonio, and it's expected that Nowitzki will play and start again. Don't expect him to play quite as many minutes in the second leg of a back-to-back set, however.
Nowitzki (rest) is no longer listed on the injury report for Tuesday's game against Phoenix. Nowitzki was held out of Sunday's matchup against Memphis, although he didn't sustain any type of injury. He figures to draw the start in what figures to be the last game in Dallas in his career.
Nowitzki won't return to Sunday's game against Memphis for rest purposes, Bobby Karalla of the Mavericks' official site reports. Dorian Finney-Smith started the second half in place of Nowitzki, and the broadcast revealed shortly after that he won't play at all in the second half. The Mavs appear to be resting Nowitzki for likely the final home game of his spectacular career.
Nowitzki tallied seven points (2-10 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 13 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes Sunday in the Mavericks' 106-103 win over the Thunder. Nowitzki's poor shooting performance sullied his overall numbers, but he at least made up for it to some degree with the season-high rebound total. At a time in the NBA calendar when many teams are shutting down veterans or limiting their playing time, Nowitzki has cleared 25 minutes in three of his past four outings. There's reason to think he may continue to handle meaningful minutes the rest of the way as a final salvo for what will likely be his last NBA season.
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